Limitation of Working Hours and Days

To limit employee working hours to a maximum of 40 hours per week, to be (subject to consultation etc) fitted into 4 days per week.

(Excepting certain industries such as leisure and restaurants et al) no employee expected to work, INCLUDING HOME WORKING, on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Why is this idea important?

To limit employee working hours to a maximum of 40 hours per week, to be (subject to consultation etc) fitted into 4 days per week.

(Excepting certain industries such as leisure and restaurants et al) no employee expected to work, INCLUDING HOME WORKING, on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Stop ‘child labour’ legislation from restricting teenagers’ right to work

Child labour laws were initially brought in to protect children from the kinds of working environments that no longer legally exist in this country.  They are now overbearing and prevent people who want to work from working, when it would be hugely beneficial to them to do so.

All restrictions of the employment of 16/17 year olds should be fully lifted, as should the restrictions on the number of hours 14/15 year olds can work during school holidays and at weekends.

In addition, 13 year olds should be able to work for up to 20 hours a week during school holidays and 5 hours a week during term time, and 12 year olds up to 10 hours a week during the school holidays.

Why is this idea important?

Child labour laws were initially brought in to protect children from the kinds of working environments that no longer legally exist in this country.  They are now overbearing and prevent people who want to work from working, when it would be hugely beneficial to them to do so.

All restrictions of the employment of 16/17 year olds should be fully lifted, as should the restrictions on the number of hours 14/15 year olds can work during school holidays and at weekends.

In addition, 13 year olds should be able to work for up to 20 hours a week during school holidays and 5 hours a week during term time, and 12 year olds up to 10 hours a week during the school holidays.

Repeal Restrictive Laws on Our Trade Unions

Recent disputes (BA etc) have shown that it is almost impossible for a union to freely hold a strike ballot and have the results accepted. The employers will always mount a legal challenge; with good reason; the courts nearly always find in their favour.

I agree with ballots, I think it strengthens the union cause if there is a good, free vote in favour of strike action. The way the labour laws are constructed. they are tilted against the unions.

I would ask HMG to repeal these unjust laws. So now I have; there is not the slightest chance this will happen. The government want to make savage cuts; why would they free up trade unions?

I am an old fashioned trade unionist, I have been a branch secretary (shop steward). After a period out of the unions working for a virulently anti-union employer I'm now a member of Unite.

Britain likes to see itself as a free country. When it comes to unions it isn't. The coalition is likely to make striking more restrictive, if not virtually illegal.

Here is another vanishing freedom. Same reason; powerful lobby, state agrees.

Organised labour has no friends. West or East its the same.The old communist countries never allowed free trade unions. China. storming on, won't allow them either to the detriment of its workers (accident rates in China are a massacre of workers limbs and lives). America is anti union to the core! Yet we exist! All over the world trade unionists insist on the basics: a fair wage for labour; fair conditions; safe practices.

Hardly a revolutionary demand, but actually the most revolutionary of all, because the market , capitalist system exists on unfairness! Its not unusual that we face cuts, and bankers pay out big bonuses. Its simply the nature of the beast.

ranter

Why is this idea important?

Recent disputes (BA etc) have shown that it is almost impossible for a union to freely hold a strike ballot and have the results accepted. The employers will always mount a legal challenge; with good reason; the courts nearly always find in their favour.

I agree with ballots, I think it strengthens the union cause if there is a good, free vote in favour of strike action. The way the labour laws are constructed. they are tilted against the unions.

I would ask HMG to repeal these unjust laws. So now I have; there is not the slightest chance this will happen. The government want to make savage cuts; why would they free up trade unions?

I am an old fashioned trade unionist, I have been a branch secretary (shop steward). After a period out of the unions working for a virulently anti-union employer I'm now a member of Unite.

Britain likes to see itself as a free country. When it comes to unions it isn't. The coalition is likely to make striking more restrictive, if not virtually illegal.

Here is another vanishing freedom. Same reason; powerful lobby, state agrees.

Organised labour has no friends. West or East its the same.The old communist countries never allowed free trade unions. China. storming on, won't allow them either to the detriment of its workers (accident rates in China are a massacre of workers limbs and lives). America is anti union to the core! Yet we exist! All over the world trade unionists insist on the basics: a fair wage for labour; fair conditions; safe practices.

Hardly a revolutionary demand, but actually the most revolutionary of all, because the market , capitalist system exists on unfairness! Its not unusual that we face cuts, and bankers pay out big bonuses. Its simply the nature of the beast.

ranter

Increase in time of statutory rest breaks for employees

I suggest the government change working time regulations  that currently states employers have to alllow a 20 minutes after 6 hours of continous work, to a statutory rest break of 30 minutes within a 5/6 hour time for  a employee working more than 6 hours

If a employee were to work on a continental shift pattern of  10/12  hours would be entitled to 2 statutory 30 minute breaks.

Why is this idea important?

I suggest the government change working time regulations  that currently states employers have to alllow a 20 minutes after 6 hours of continous work, to a statutory rest break of 30 minutes within a 5/6 hour time for  a employee working more than 6 hours

If a employee were to work on a continental shift pattern of  10/12  hours would be entitled to 2 statutory 30 minute breaks.

Government organization

Commercial businesses have learnt the following cost cutting processes without damaging the front-line:

o Take out at least one level of management acros the board

o Examine managerial spans of control at all lkevels and ensure no one has less than 7-10 people to supervise

o Examine all expense line items at Government level, not departmental eg stationery, rent across the board, use displaced team members above to do this fast untuil jobs become available for them

o minimise empty space. het a list of all offices, examine people per sq ft, unused space, unused premises etc. squeeze the assets

o use buildings 24 hours per day with 3 shift systems

o  look at org charts for duplicate teams. there are many from experience

30% cost redicutions from these type of exercises in an over-bloated government is easy

I'm happy to help show you how for 2 days a week consultancy at no cost (just travel expenses).

Why is this idea important?

Commercial businesses have learnt the following cost cutting processes without damaging the front-line:

o Take out at least one level of management acros the board

o Examine managerial spans of control at all lkevels and ensure no one has less than 7-10 people to supervise

o Examine all expense line items at Government level, not departmental eg stationery, rent across the board, use displaced team members above to do this fast untuil jobs become available for them

o minimise empty space. het a list of all offices, examine people per sq ft, unused space, unused premises etc. squeeze the assets

o use buildings 24 hours per day with 3 shift systems

o  look at org charts for duplicate teams. there are many from experience

30% cost redicutions from these type of exercises in an over-bloated government is easy

I'm happy to help show you how for 2 days a week consultancy at no cost (just travel expenses).